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  1. Carlos Beltran becomes first switch-hitter to join 300-300 club

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran Getty

    We already know that Carlos Beltran is awesome, but now he’s historically awesome. Beltran is the first switch-hitter in major league history to amass 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases. He accomplished the feat by stealing second base in the second inning last night. Appropriately enough, it was against the Royals, the team which…

  2. NBC SportsTalk: One-on-one with Adam LaRoche

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche Reuters

    The Nationals dropped the series opener against the Yankees last night in D.C., but they remain one of the most interesting stories in baseball this season. Adam LaRoche has played a big part in the Nationals’ early success, hitting .261 with 11 homers, 42 RBI and an .848 OPS through 56 games after being limited…

  3. Troy Tulowitzki to be examined for possible sports hernia

    Jun 16, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki Getty

    This isn’t what you want to hear if you’re a Rockies fan. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Troy Tulowitzki will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to be evaluated for a possible sports hernia. Tulowitzki’s injury was originally described as a left groin strain when he was placed on the disabled list at…

  4. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 16, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    James Loney, A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton AP

    Last night’s matchup between Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale had all the makings of a classic pitchers’ duel. But as it often happens in this game, things didn’t exactly turn out as expected. Adam Dunn set the tone early by slugging a two-run homer off Kershaw in the top of the first inning. It was…

  5. Rockies explode for eight runs in 10th in beating Tigers

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde has been OK in save situations. Tie games, well, they don’t stay tied for very long. Valverde was charged with six runs — one earned — in two-thirds of an inning Friday as the Rockies broke out with eight runs in the 10th inning and beat the Tigers 12-4, snapping an eight-game losing…

  6. The Athletics have released Manny Ramirez

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    This might be the end of the road for Man-Ram. The Athletics just announced that they have released Manny Ramirez at his request. This comes as surprising news, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Ramirez was eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension at the end of May, but the A’s kept him with Triple-A…

  7. Roy Halladay throws for first time since lat muscle injury

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Roy Halladay still has a long way to go in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle, but he took a small step in the right direction today. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Halladay played catch with Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee this afternoon at Rogers Centre. It was his first time throwing…

  8. Jason Bay exits game with possible concussion

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Jason Bay AP

    Jason Bay just can’t catch a break. Bay, who recently returned from the disabled list after fracturing his rib while attempting to make a diving catch, left tonight’s game against the Reds in the top of the second inning after trying to make a diving catch on a fly ball hit by Jay Bruce. Bay…

  9. The Blue Jays just lost another starting pitcher

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    Drew Hutchison Reuters

    This hasn’t been a good week for the Blue Jays’ starting rotation. After losing Brandon Morrow to an oblique strain and Kyle Drabek to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, now it appears Drew Hutchison could be headed for an extended absence. According to Mike Wilner of of Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590,…

  10. Hanley Ramirez scratched from Friday’s lineup after being hit in nose during BP

    Jun 15, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    The Marlins were given quite the scare this afternoon, as Hanley Ramirez was hit in the nose by a batted ball which bounced off a batting cage screen in the cage at Tropicana Field. Ramirez was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Rays as a result of the incident, but Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen told…

  11. Umpires no longer forced to wear cabbage leaves under hats

    Jun 15, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

    Cabbage

    Cooling technology has come a long way, apparently. In an AP article about how umpires are keeping cool these days — apparently, it’s all about HTFx pads worn in vests — former ump and current MLB Director of Umpiring Randy Marsh talks about the hot old days: When Marsh started working in the majors, there…

  12. Aubrey Huff lands on DL after perfect game celebration

    Jun 15, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    The unforeseen consqeunce of the rise of no-hitters and perfect games throughout baseball; the simultaneous rise of celebration-related injuries. Two weeks after Mets reliever Ramon Ramirez was hurt following Johan Santana’s no-hitter, Aubrey Huff has joined him on the disabled list with a knee injury sustained celebrating Matt Cain’s perfect game Wednesday night. An MRI…

  13. Cubs shut out Red Sox for first time in 94 years

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The last time the Cubs shut out the Red Sox, Fenway Park was six years old. This year, it’s celebrating its centennial. Ryan Dempster blanked the Red Sox for seven innings Friday as part of a 3-0 Cubs victory. It was the first time the Cubs had shut out Boston since Game 5 of the…

  14. Josh Beckett will miss Sunday start with shoulder injury

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Beckett pitches against Seattle Mariners during their MLB baseball game in Boston

    Shortly after the final out of today’s loss to the Cubs the Red Sox announced that Josh Beckett has been scratched from his scheduled Sunday start due to shoulder inflammation. Franklin Morales will make the start in his place, which is interesting because Morales has been strictly a reliever since the Red Sox acquired him…

  15. Padres sign No. 7 pick Max Fried for $3 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    mlb draft

    San Diego and No. 7 overall pick Max Fried have agreed to a $3 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the pick. Fried, a high school left-hander from California, ranked seventh on Baseball America‘s list of the top players in the class and ESPN.com rated him fifth, behind only Byron Buxon, Carlos Correa,…

  16. Josh Hamilton hospitalized with intestinal virus

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Bad news for the Rangers: Josh Hamilton has been hospitalized with an intestinal virus. He’s going to remain in the hospital for the next 12 to 24 hours while receiving fluids.  He’s not expected to be placed on the disabled list. Leonys Martin recalled from Round Rock to take Hamilton’s place in the outfield. Here’s…

  17. Pirates promote 2011 top pick Gerrit Cole to Double-A

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bob Nutting, Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole tossed five shutout innings at high Single-A last night, lowering his ERA to 2.55 in 13 starts, and today the Pirates promoted last year’s No. 1 overall pick to Double-A at age 21. Cole signed too late to debut last season after getting an $8 million bonus out of UCLA, so the Pirates…

  18. “Bryce Harper is a conservative hero”

    Jun 15, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Know what? You can read politics into too many things. Like this clown from the Daily Caller, who has decided that Bryce Harper is symbolic of some conservative rebirth, because he hustles and Jason Heyward is symbolic of liberalism because he’s lazy and complacent. Normally that kind of construction is indicative of some sort of racism…

  19. MLB denies Mets’ appeal for R.A. Dickey no-hitter

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    As expected, MLB has denied the Mets’ appeal that R.A. Dickey‘s one-hitter Wednesday be changed to a no-hitter after the fact. They asked the league to consider changing B.J. Upton‘s first-inning infield hit, which proved to be the Rays’ only one off Dickey, into an error on third baseman David Wright. Dickey himself said the…

  20. Livan Hernandez designated for assignment by Braves

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Two weeks ago Livan Hernandez had a 2.45 ERA. Today the Braves designated him for assignment. In between Hernandez had a pair of horrendous outings, coughing up a total of nine runs in 4.2 innings while managing just one strikeout. In letting him go the Braves clear a spot on the roster for Kris Medlen,…

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